Official Delaware State Bug - Lady Bug
The Ladybug is the Official State Insect of five states; New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Tennessee. The Lady Bug is the Official State "Bug" of Delaware. The Lady Beetle as it's called in scientific circles comes in many colors, including white, yellow, pink, orange, red or black and generally has spots.
Ladybugs are considered to be beneficial insects, because of their voracious appetite for garden aphids.
The Lady Bug was declared the official state "bug" of Delaware on April 25, 1974. This law was enacted after a vigorous effort by Mrs. Mollie Brown-Rust and her 2nd grade students of the Lulu M. Ross Elementary School in Milford, Delaware.
New York: New York is the only state that specifies the scientific name in their designation of the Ladybug as the Official State Insect. They name the Nine-Spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinela novemnotata) as the Official State Insect. A rendition of this Ladybug is displayed on this page.
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